With the World Cup 2018 in progress, I am in the midst of preparing the introduction to my autobiography titled “From Milan to Rome (via Kleinburg). In the coming days, weeks and months I will be adding to the book and to my blog. I look forward to comments and suggestions as I post to this site.
The football World Cup hosted every four years brings the global community together, with memorable moments large and small. In 2014, a subtle yet pivotal event occurred that captured the spirit of football and the amphitheatre. Setting the stage for the first match between Brazil and Croatia during the 2014 World Cup, the Croatian Times reported on the opportunity for nationals and visitors to collectively experience just such a moment within the historical Pula Amphitheatre.
Brazil would go on to win 3-1 against Croatia, likely generating a downer mood for the thousands who came to celebrate victory. But what happened that evening of June 12, 2014 will be reinvigorated twenty years in the future.
Moving toward 2034, the proposal to feature a FIFA World Cup in the Colosseum will surely provide a further encounter, of the Roman kind. The site of Colosseum will host the global village to witness the first match and history in the making. Simultaneously, the crowds will come together in Pula Croatia, El Djem Tunisia and Nimes France to experience the spirt and oneness of the football within the greatest stadiums of all time; the Amphitheatres. Will you be there?
Sometimes history and modernity combine to highlight the best and worst of the human condition with the most poignant of life’s moments realized at the intersection of something good and something bad.
For me, this is where the converging of the Colosseum and Soccer can allow us to encounter this sense of triumph. The idea about hosting a soccer match in the Colosseum in Rome came to me sometime during the 2014 World Cup event. It was in the midst of the FIFA media coverage of the Arena Amazonia that sparked a sense of possibility. I thought, how about a soccer match in Italy within the Colosseum? Would it be possible?
Many months have passed since that initial thought and over that time I have shared this idea with family, confidents and friends, hoping that others might be as enthused. Some have expressed real interest while others have barely returned the phone call. And over that time I have seriously wondered whether my idea might be foolhardy; merely an idealistic notion that should remain hidden from view. However many days later and many months along, I continue to feel a sense of urgency that I need to carry this forward.
Recently I read that the Roma soccer President is hoping to have his club play a match in the Colosseum. One step closer to making it a reality – especially when those with the resources get on board to make it so.
Now while those ‘others’ with resources consider the reality, I will work on the virtual sense of what I originally imagined; a FIFA World Cup match in the Colosseum. Stay Tuned!